Most Patriotic Rock Songs

Great Rock n' Roll music is one thing and great Rock n' Roll with a purpose is another. These songs had tremendous emotional impact on my life and I don't even think I can listen to one of these without a tear or struggling to hold down that lump in my throat.

The Top Ten

1 Civil War - Guns N' Roses

Axl at his prime looking beyond the bottle whipped out this little masterpiece. - MinistryMonster


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2 Star Spangled Banner - Jimi Hendrix (Live at Woodstock)

This is definitely not a patriotic song, Jimi uses the national anthem to criticize Vietnam War

I feel like something very precious is slipping away from me when I hear this. I don't hear it too often, but when I do I cry. - MinistryMonster

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4 Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen

Not patriotic, it is an anti-war and anti-American song. People need to read the lyrics. When Reagan used it, Springsteen told him to screw off.

Wow this is an anti-American, anti-war song. Not patriotic at all, this is THE most misunderstood song ever, people these days are not very smart.

Totally latriotic and this really captures what is is like to be an American citizen and reminds me of my childhood

This is by far the best patriotic song ever. Bruce really captures what it means to be an American, and shoves it down everyones throats in a super powerful and... Well American kind of way. Patriotism doesn't get any stronger than this song. The epitome of being an American.

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5 Rockin' In the Free World - Neil Young

If this song is playing, everyone is singing and banging through the chorus. The song captures how things felt for me during the Viet Nam years, coming of age in such a spectacularly heady time. Neil Young definitely has a voice, physically and conceptually, that communicates to me and for me.

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6 Pink Houses - John Mellencamp

If you ever changed the radio station when this song came on; Shame, shame, shame... - MinistryMonster

To me... This sums up the American soul of John Mellencamp.

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7 Freedom - Rage Against the Machine

This song is the oppressed inner voice within. - MinistryMonster

This song is not patriot! Listen to the words people. It says "freedom? Yeah right" this band is the most un patriotic band out there. Which sucks cause the music kicks ass.

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8 Masters of War - Bob Dylan

Bob wont pull your leg. He calls it like he sees it. - MinistryMonster

Definitely an all time favorite, at the time this was a
Song for our " Generation ".

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9 The Ghost of Tom Joad - Rage Against the Machine

This song is more sobering than a 12-step meeting. - MinistryMonster

This is a copycat of Bruce Springsteen's Ghost of Tom Joad. This band killed the song...


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10 Bullet the Blue Sky - U2

Bar-none; it's more American than Irish. - MinistryMonster

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The Contenders

11 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

This is not a pactrotic song

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12 Declaration Day - Iced Earth UListen to Sample
13 God Bless the U.S.A. - Lee Greenwood

The best patriotic Pop/Rock ever. CPT Burns USA (ret)

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14 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance UListen to Sample
15 Dance in the Rain - Megadeth UListen to Sample
16 Take No Prisoners - Megadeth UListen to Sample
17 Slanias Song - Eluveitie

Folk/Pagan Song in the Gaulish language. According to the band themselves: "It's a pretty patriotic song actually - a kind of love song for ones' tribe's homeland if you want."

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19 We're an American Band - Rob Zombie


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20 Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2 UListen to Sample
21 Land of Hope and Dreams - Bruce Springsteen UListen to Sample
22 America - Imagine Dragons UListen to Sample
23 Mitro - Cryptic Fate


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24 Jack & Diane - John Mellencamp UListen to Sample
25 Star Spangled Banner - Jimi Hendrix

Totally patriotic

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26 We the People - Megadeth UListen to Sample
27 Gettysburg (1863) - Iced Earth
28 England - Angelic Upstarts UListen to Sample
29 This Is England - The Clash UListen to Sample
30 Deutschland - Slime UListen to Sample
31 The Battle of Evermore - Led Zeppelin

Patriotic to who? Mordor? Rohan? The Shire?

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32 Born Free - Kid Rock UListen to Sample
33 R.O.C.K. In the U.S.A. - John Mellencamp UListen to Sample
34 America, F*** Yeah - Team America: World Police UListen to Sample
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